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Update from Barrow Hill Roundhouse - May 2021

We are delighted to announce that the Roundhouse will be reopening to the public on the weekend of 10th & 11th July 2021. This is still subject to the continued easing of lockdown, particularly in relation to the removal of further restrictions due to take place on 21st June.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Barrow Hill team and our amazing volunteers who have been working so hard behind the scenes to make the reopening possible.

We will be making further announcements to confirm that the reopening is going ahead as planned so please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for further updates.

Thank you for your patience during our extended closure. We are really looking forward to welcoming you all back to the UK's last operational railway roundhouse!

The Roundhouse Team

Welcome to Barrow Hill, Britain's last surviving working Roundhouse...

Whatever your memories of Britain’s railways you’ll be amazed at what you can see at Barrow Hill and its preserved Roundhouse.

Barrow Hill Roundhouse is the last surviving railway roundhouse in the United Kingdom with an operational turntable. Built in 1870, it was threatened with demolition in 1991 when the site was closed by British Rail.  It was saved by a group of dedicated volunteers who have transformed it into a unique railway museum and events venue.

As well as the turntable and shear legs (lifting gear), it has a changing display of steam and diesel locomotives and other rolling stock, an operational signal box, the Roundhouse Halt platform and Springwell Branch running line.  Interpretative displays using items from the Museum’s own collection bring the fascinating story of the Roundhouse and the surrounding area vividly to life. 

The Roundhouse has an exciting calendar of events throughout the year including regular favourites such as the Rail Ale Beer & Music Festival and a series of weekend themed activities for all the family.  Details of forthcoming events can be found on our What’s On page.

Barrow Hill is also home to the Deltic Preservation Society's maintenance depot and museum, adjacent to the Roundhouse. The Deltic Preservation Society's depot is open on Saturdays 10am-4pm, and during some of Barrow Hill's special events.



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Entry by donation.
Charges apply on special event days.
Cafe available for food and refreshments.
Please visit our shop selling railway memorabilia and souvenirs.

Our opening hours are Saturdays and Sundays 10.00am-4.00pm. Closed Monday to Friday, including Bank Holidays.

There is a diversion in place due to a road closure at Junction 29a of the M1; this will add approximately 10 minutes to your journey time if you use this route to reach the Roundhouse. This diversion will be in place until 31st March 2015.


Roundhouse Successful with Emergency Funding from Arts Council, England and The National Lottery...

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Become a Roundhouse Top Link business sponsor . . .

Roundhouse Top Link is an exclusive group of 24 business sponsors – the number of ‘roads’ leading from the turntable.

We are delighted to announce our two latest Top Link Business sponsors; Pindari Ltd and T&C Williams (Builders) Ltd. Through recruiting more sponsors we hope to raise just over £40,000 of match funding for the Moving Forward project at Barrow Hill.

Arvato are Barrow Hill's first Top Link Sponsor to raise money for the moving forward project

Please click here for more information.


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